You HAVE been out of the US for quite some time. The US is the largest
vehicle market in the world and the US has the most robust economy in the
world. that is why so many foreign manufactures have entered the US market.
Those Americans, that dot need a vehicle that can haul more than four people
and can not afford to by the larger safer more expensive vehicles, tend to
buy small cars or CUVs. CUVs re the SUV types that are built on car chassis
rather than a sturdier truck chasses as are SUVs. Those buyer that require
larger more powerful vehicles, to haul their family and all of their
'stuff,' tend to buy larger safer cars SUVs and CUVs. Many American that
can afford to buy both a small car, to use when they do not require the
abilities of the other type of vehicles, as well as the other type of
vehicle for when the do need that type of vehicle. Over the past five years
or so light trucks, including SUVs etc have sold at a rate greater than
cars, as high as 55% in 2004. In 2005 however cars accounted for just over
50% of the 18,000,000 new vehicles sold in the US. The number of new
vehicles sold in the US today is more than twice what it was just twenty
years ago. According to the US census the average American family owns three
vehicles, not one
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